The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) offers an individual two primary methods for obtaining their Permanent Resident Status also known as Green Card.
1) Consular Processing
A person, who has been approved and has an immigrant visa number, may apply at a U.S. Department of State Consulate abroad for an Immigrant Visa, in order to be admitted to the United States as a permanent resident.
2) Adjustment of Status
Adjustment of status is an alternate process by which an eligible person, who is already in the United States, can apply for permanent resident status without having to leave the United States, in order to complete the process. This method is known as Adjustment of Status.
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